Charlotte’s Web presents Bryan Bowers in concert Sept. 10

From press release

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts opens its 39th season with Bryan Bowers in concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, in the JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

Bowers’ creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers’ poll. This distinction put Bowers alongside other luminaries such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O’Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments.

In 1993, Bowers was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow and Sara Carter. From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. Bryan has a dynamic, outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. His towering 6-foot-4-inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like “Dixie” and five minutes later, he can have the same audience singing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” in quiet reverence and delight. For nearly three decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Sept. 8-14, 2010 issue

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